Tomorrow starts the fabrication of the smallest

Discussion in 'Reverse Flow' started by mrblack947, Mar 20, 2010.

  1. mrblack947

    mrblack947 Fire Starter

    I like it beard. [​IMG]
  2. mrblack947

    mrblack947 Fire Starter

    Me and the welder were not in agreement today at times lol.

    Got the baffle plate / water pan done today.

    It holds just under a gallon of water.

    Installed the drain pipe and ball valve for it.

    Got the exhaust pipe done as well. Went with a 2.5" pipe at 16 inches in length.

    Couldn't be happier so far.
  3. graybeard

    graybeard Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    Smoker sux butt I really like your landscaping!! [​IMG]

  4. mrblack947

    mrblack947 Fire Starter

    Got the end cap cut off and flanged for the firebox lid. Still need to make some hinges and vent.
  5. mrblack947

    mrblack947 Fire Starter

    Getting closer to the first food smoke. Probably do a bacon explosion tomorrow. Maybe beer can chickens.

    Got the door done and the racks mounted. Really all that is left is making my firebox basket. The rack that is in there is just for a test burn.

    Very pleased with the test burn.
  6. mrblack947

    mrblack947 Fire Starter

    Got the racks mounted. They are about 4.5 inches above the baffle.

    Getting closer to completion. Aside from making my firbox basket, I want to make a handle off the legs for the firebox end and then mount some hand truck wheels on the cook chamber legs.

    Paint decisions anybody? I want to do something besides plain ole boring black lol.
  7. mrblack947

    mrblack947 Fire Starter

    My first test fire about 7:30 pm last night.

    did a quick little fire with some kingsford and some unfinished white oak flooring. No worries I don't think I would ever cook food with that wood.

    Worked great for a test fire though.

    Had no problems controlling the heat. Ran it as high as 400 and as low as 175 or so with minor fire changes.
  8. got14u

    got14u Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Very cool little thing...good work as well[​IMG]
  9. mrblack947

    mrblack947 Fire Starter

    Thanks GOT14.

    I couldn't be happier so far.

    Whomever it was earlier that said they also used one of these airtanks and had problems getting the paint off, they weren't kidding.

    I don't know what kind of paint they used but it is the thickest rubberiest paint I have seen. If you sand on it it just gets rubbery and balls up. Wire wheel just balls it up.

    at the top it burned off with the test fire. I think I am gonna burn the rest off with the torch.
  10. mrblack947

    mrblack947 Fire Starter

    Design change #1

    Gonna have to make a bigger dam on the waterpan/baffle. I only set it up for a gallon as I figured it would last.

    It steamed up all 3 quarts of water I had in it on a test burn in about 2 hours.

    I think with an additional 1 inch of dam it should hold at least two gallons.
  11. mrblack947

    mrblack947 Fire Starter

    Fresh pictures of her new wheels.


  12. mrblack947

    mrblack947 Fire Starter

    Firebox basket.
  13. mrblack947

    mrblack947 Fire Starter

    She is about 90 percent done. I need to get her ready for paint after a few more heat cycles.
    She rolls really smooth and is easy to move with the handle and wheels. Re did the handle so it doubles as the firebox basket holder for reloading. I also put my matching handle on the firebox door. Looks much better.
  14. mrblack947

    mrblack947 Fire Starter

    Couldn't resist lol, we did up a pair of yard birds with pecan wood to get the seasoning process started on the smoker.

    Couldn't be happier so far. Just need to get a little more familiar with the processes of lump charcoal. Usually would use briquettes in my SnP.

    Mom is in town from Arizona and she dove right in and tore the poor birds apart lol.
  15. mrblack947

    mrblack947 Fire Starter

    Duck, you ain't ****tin about the paint removal on this damn air tank.

    I was figuring that I would burn it off on the test burns. Well that half worked. I have tried sanding, grinding, and wirewheeling. I have resorted to burning it off with my O/A torch and finishing it with a scotchbrite wheel in an air motor.

    Hope to have a completed and painted unit tomorrow with some finish pics.

    another Qview on saturday.
  16. caveman

    caveman Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Looks good for a mini. [​IMG]
  17. mrblack947

    mrblack947 Fire Starter

    Thanks Caveman

    Finally finished the portable mini reverse flow smoker today.

    I have about 40 hours too many into the damn thing.

    Tomorrow is it's true maiden voyage. Gonna do up a pork shoulder and make pulled pork for the first time.
  18. chefrob

    chefrob Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    i think it is pretty damn cool......i could use that thing in the park for easter, points to you!
  19. mrblack947

    mrblack947 Fire Starter

    Thanks rob

    I am still pondering the possibility of buying a propane burner tube for a weber go anywhere grill (9 bucks) and regulator from the same (12 bucks) and putting it in the firebox. It would be used for charcoal lighting and an auxiliary heat source should the need arise.
  20. chefrob

    chefrob Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    sounds like it will have all the bells and whistles when yer all done!

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